I don’t usually pick up fluffy contemporary novels. When I read, I want to be sucked in to a world of horror and wonder, to cry and to laugh, and to be touched. I want all the books I read to grow a little place in my heart and be memorable, and these kind of novels usually don’t manage to do that. However, I let my guard down this once, probably blinded by the pretty cover and the hopelessly romantic summary on the back, and I would love to say that I was miraculously surprised, and that this novel was amazing and fantastic. Sadly, this novel was exactly what I expected it to be. Meaningless. Confusing. Badly written. A pointless plot that ends in an abrupt, inconclusive conclusion. Overall, it’s not worth the read or the effort, and I suggest you cross it off your TBR list unless you’re in the mood to waste a few hours of your life.
Arguably the biggest issue in this novel is the main character. I have never hated a main character before and I thought I never would, mainly because there has always been at least a small part of him/her that I related to or found tolerable. However, after reading this I was proved wrong, since Caymen is one of the most idiotic characters ever created. She has a “dry sense of humor” but to me that seems to be just an eloquent term for “irritating”. She evades every question asked to her with horribly thought-out answers and can’t speak properly in the majority of the social situations she unwittingly places herself in. Her skills of speech leave much to be desired, and even though the author makes desperate attempts to make her seem funny, nothing about the novel or the character made me want to crack a smile.
Speaking of horribly written main characters, Xander was an absolute fright. He had the multi-faceted, three-dimensional qualities of Pac-Man. Although the author tried many times to delve into the depths of his personality, nothing came out of it and the I was left knowing only the bare minimum about him. Supposedly, he’s perfect. As many of you know, perfect characters are the epitome of bad writing, because they reveal the author’s inadequacy in creating authentic, relatable novels. Characters are born to be human, and to be human you must have many flaws and scars. Perfection is supernatural and otherworldly, with no place in the “realistic” fiction genre. So, although there seems to be nothing wrong with him, the reader will soon grow to hate him because of their inability to understand him.
This book, to add on to its extensive list of short-comings, has many discrepancies, which are also tell-tale signs of less than satisfactory writing skills. Need more proof? Here is a list of some of the horrible contradictory ideas and statements placed in the novel:
- According to Caymen, Xander has a very elusive smile that she comes to love due to its rarity. However, if the grin is truly so rare, then how come it graces almost every single page of the book?
- Xander also seems to be the heir to a fortune, even rich enough to afford one of the only fancy boarding schools in their small town. Well, it he’s still in school, then how come he never seems to go to it or do any school-related activities, even though Caymen is seen countless times going to school and doing homework?
- Two guys are very obviously into Caymen, going so far as to kiss her sometimes. If so, then why does she constantly think that they don’t like her and are just being friendly, when even people with extremely low intellect would get the hint?
- Caymen has never met her grandparents, and vice versa. If that is true, then why did her grandparents recognize her almost immediately as soon as they found her?
- Apparently, Xander knew all along that Caymen had very rich grandparents. Hoewever, why didn’t he ever mention them or bring them up in the very obvious times when he could and should have?
The author made every aspect of her novel as surreal as a fairytale, when it seemed that she was desperately trying to do the opposite. These contradictory facets of the novel also made it very hard and irritating to read, which I will definitely keep in mind next time I plan to pick up a book by Kasie West.
The amount of problems and issues that were created in this novel was comical. All good novels have a distinct main problem, which directs the course of the plot, and a few smaller problems which are addressed along the way. However, there was no clear defining problem in this novel. In fact, this book just seemed like a mash-up of random smaller problems that amassed to create chaos and confusion. Although it is true that in life we are forced to deal with a plethora of problems at the same time, it is not true in the book world. People go to books to escape from the cloud of issues hanging above their heads, because books are simple and always create a direct path to a solution, no matter how large the problem is. However, this book offers no solace to those wanting a pleasant read. As soon as you open the first page, you are bombarded by a multitude of problems that are so unreal that you doubt they would even occur in real life. They add up quickly, and soon you will have the immense urge to shut the novel and carry on with your life, trying to forget that such bad writing exists in the world. In short: the plot of this novel is a complete joke.
However, by far the most atrocious aspect of the novel was the ending. It was inconclusive and rushed, leaving readers with a sense of immense confusion when they finish it (or if they finish it, because many would have probably abandoned ship by this point). The last few pages were a makeshift whirlwind of sloppily tied loose ends and desperate attempts at a happily ever after, and it was frankly a pain to read. The majority of the problems that arose throughout the novel were simply shushed and not given a proper solution to. All the characters were frantically thrown together to create an allusion of happy relationships, when in fact everything was far from perfect and the conclusion came much too soon. Although the novel gave me the constant urge to rip all my hair out by the roots while reading, I wouldn’t have hated it as much if the ending was decent. If the author hadn’t created so many problems and issues throughout the course of the plot, then such an appalling conclusion wouldn’t have been necessary.
Do not pick this book up. Do not even think about this novel ever again, and I assure you that you will not be sorry. All I got from reading this was the feeling that I had just lost all of my brain cells. So, unless you enjoy pointlessness and heinous writing, this book is not for you.